You can do everything you’re supposed to do like look both ways before crossing the street, only crossing at crosswalks, taking your right of way when you have it and walking on well-lit sidewalks, but you can’t completely protect yourself from being struck by a vehicle while out walking. Crashes happen when drivers are negligent, and if you’re injured because of a driver’s negligent actions, you can pursue compensation for all of your related losses through a personal injury claim.
Ways you can be Injured in a Car Crash
There are lots of ways you can be injured in a car crash. They include:
- Broken bones;
- Head trauma; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Many of these injuries can have long-term complications, especially when they’re left untreated. After being hit by a car, make it a point to get yourself appropriate medical care as soon as possible.
You can also suffer injuries that aren’t physical. After suffering the trauma of being hit by a car, many victims develop conditions like depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Your depression could stem from adjusting to life with a permanent disability and you could experience anxiety about walking on certain roadways or walking near traffic. Through your personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for your mental healthcare bills and your reduced quality of life from the trauma.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
When you’re injured because a driver acted irresponsibly, you can file a personal injury claim with their auto insurance provider to seek compensation for your injury-related losses. With your claim, you can seek compensation for:
- Your medical expenses;
- Your lost wages and other career-related losses; and
- Your pain and suffering damages, your losses that cannot easily be quantified.
If you’re in Kentucky, whether you have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage or you have waived it will affect how your case plays out. When a pedestrian is struck and injured, the driver’s PIP coverage pays for the pedestrian’s losses. That being said, there are many circumstances where injured pedestrians can file personal injury claims.
With a PIP claim, you don’t have to prove the driver was negligent in order to recover compensation for your losses. You also don’t receive the compensation directly – it gets paid to your healthcare provider to satisfy your medical bills. With a personal injury claim, the compensation goes to you. Proving that the driver was negligent basically means proving that they caused the crash by being irresponsible. This can be by driving drunk, texting while driving, speeding or driving aggressively.
In order to prove that the driver’s negligence directly caused your injury, you need to provide evidence that supports your claim. This evidence can include:
- Photographs of the accident site;
- A copy of your official police report; and
- Testimonies from witnesses.
Work with a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer who Works for You
Contact Emery Law Office today to set up your free case evaluation with us.